After taking a fresh look at the AMD FX-9590 processor it is clear that AMD needs Ryzen to be successful. The AMD FX-9590 8-core processor was somewhat competitive with the Intel Core i7-2700K processor, but keep in mind that is an older processor from the Sandy Bridge-era way back in 2011. The AMD FX-9590 processor is priced at $199.99 with free shipping today a fair price for an 8-core processor, but the AMD PileDriver architecture used on these FX series processors just can’t compete with what Intel has been releasing for more than half a decade now.
AMD has a very loyal fan base though and despite being just a month or two away from Ryzen processors being released we are seeing AMD FX-9590 processors being sold each and every day on Ebay for between $189 and $199 (Intel Core i7-2700K processors are selling used for $175 on Ebay). Many AMD AM3+ platform owners are upgrading from slower models to the FX-9590 processor looking to get the most from their aging platforms. We don’t blame them as the upcoming Ryzen processors will be using the new AMD AM4 platform, so you’ll have to upgrade your motherboard, buy a DDR4 memory kit and get the latest AMD AM4 HSF mounting brackets from your CPU cooling company.
Will AMD Ryzen processors be worth the wait? If you’ve waited for years or months to upgrade your PC, we suggest waiting a little bit longer on that PC build you are dreaming up. Let’s see what AMD has been able to do with Ryzen as they claim they have a performance per dollar winner.
AMD will have to have some phenomenal numbers, but the few benchmark numbers that they have released are phenomenal with Ryzen beating Broadwell-E processors in applications like Handbrake with similar power usage. AMD Ryzen desktop CPUs will have 8 cores (16 threads) clocked at 3.4GHz, 4 MB of L2 cache as well as 16 MB of L3 cache.
We can count how many weeks away we are from Ryzen on our fingers and are waiting patiently to see if AMD Ryzen will challenge Intel’s hold on the high-performance desktop CPU market!